63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2010 until May 31, 2011, was held on September 18, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Fox televised the ceremony within the United States. Actress Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys for the first time.
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 10.
Nominees and winners
The nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced live on Thursday July 14, 2011, at 5:40 a.m. PDT (12:40 UTC) at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. The nominees were announced by Melissa McCarthy of Mike & Molly and Joshua Jackson of Fringe.
The winners for some of the categories were presented at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony held at Nokia Theatre on September 10. The rest were presented at the main ceremony on September 18.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
William H. Macy
5: Modern Family (ABC)
4: Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)
2: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Friday Night Lights (NBC), Mildred Pierce (HBO), Saturday Night Live (NBC), Futurama (Comedy Central)
1: The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), A Child's Garden of Poetry (HBO), Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), Freedom Riders (-), Gasland (-), Game of Thrones (HBO), Glee (Fox), The Good Wife (CBS), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Harry's Law (NBC), Justified (FX), The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), The Kennedys (ReelzChannel), Mad Men (AMC), Mike and Molly (CBS), Sondheim (-), Survivor (CBS), Tony Awards (-).
Most nominated shows
21: Mildred Pierce (HBO)
19: Mad Men (AMC)
18: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
17: Modern Family (ABC)
16: Saturday Night Live (NBC)
13: Game of Thrones (HBO), 30 Rock (NBC)
12: Glee (Fox)
11: Downton Abbey (PBS), Too Big to Fail (HBO)
9: Cinema Verite (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), The Kennedys (ReelzChannel)
6: The Killing (AMC), Upstairs, Downstairs (BBC)
5: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Dexter (Showtime), Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden (HBO)
4: Friday Night Lights (The 101 Network/NBC), Justified (FX), The Office (NBC)
3: The Big C (Showtime), The Colbert Report (Comedy Central), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The Simpsons (Fox)
2: American Idol (Fox), Conan (TBS), Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Episodes (Showtime), Harry's Law (NBC), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Louie (FX), Raising Hope (Fox), So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), The Amazing Race (CBS), Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel), Futurama (Comedy Central)